Energy - The American Experience AVA06181VNB1, 1994
Description/Abstract: The film shows the development of different forms of energy under the unique conditions of the American experience. It depicts the 60-year changing cycles of energy sources from wood to coal to oil and gas, demonstrates that the fuels Americans thought inexhaustible are being used too rapidly, and discusses how to plan the best use of present resources and mobilize science and industry to develop new sources and choices of energy.
February 7, 2009 Subject:
Great video - wrong date
This video is a fascinating historical look at American energy usage trends. Nothing new for those of us deeply involved in the issues, but some great footage nonetheless and an excellent representative of mid-70s government filmmaking. In other words, there are some fantastic mustaches in this movie, mostly deployed in strangely dramatic recreations of early tests of the internal combustion engine and early colonial life.
BUT, all those mustaches should tip you off to something. There's no way this film was made in 1994. Further evidence: it was created by the Energy Research and Development Agency, which only existed from the passage of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 until it became the Department of Energy in 1977. So, we don't know exactly when, but all the evidence points to a mid-70s birth.